Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. James Coleman, managing...
Dirty Girl Mud Run Partners with Boarding for Breast Cancer on June 10 Boarding for Breast Cancer is the official beneficiary of the Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. On June...
During the Twelve Days of Copper from December 20-31, there will be enough holiday cheer to go around with activity,
après and dining specials, and discounts at Copper’s retail establishments. On Dec 21 – 22, top freeskiers and
snowboarders from around the globe will compete to qualify for the 2014 Olympics at the Sprint Grand Prix Finals. On
Dec 24, bring the family out for the torchlight parade and fireworks. Then on Friday, watch athletes hitting Copper’s
progressive rails to qualify for the X-Games at the Rocky Mountain Series Rail Jam on Dec 27.
Lastly, ring in 2014 at Copper with a bevy of New Year’s Eve festivities. Grab your hot cocoa and hot toddies for the New
Year’s Eve Rail Jam or grab a good seat by the bonfire for the torchlight parade, fire dancers and fireworks shows. More
details to come; see http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/ for more information about
Copper’s winter events.
Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain
It’s hard to believe that 2013 is almost over. Why stay at home on New Year’s Eve when you can head to the mountains, ski on great snow, and stick around for the festivities? Colorado Ski Country USA resorts will be ringing in the new year with fireworks, torchlight parades galore, and other fun family activities. Here’s a summary of what’s happening in the high country: Continue Reading
1. Take a Lesson. It you’re a skiing or riding parent, it can be tempting to teach your kids on your own. If you don’t ski or ride, you don’t have this option. But no matter where you’re coming from, putting your child into at least one lesson from a certified instructor will get him or her off to a better start. Instructors are professionals who are smarter than parents when it comes to teaching kids how to ski and ride. They know the latest and best techniques and they know how to teach them effectively. January is the time to get your kids started. It’s national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and most resorts in Colorado offer deals for never-ever skiers and riders, as well as discounts on other lessons and rentals. If your child has a 5th Grade Pass from Colorado Ski Country USA, sign them up for their “First Class” lesson now! This is a free lesson and rental for 5th graders who have never skied or snowboarded. (And if your fifth grader doesn’t have a fifth grade pass yet, you can get one here). Continue Reading
She has broad shoulders, an alluring curvature, and she’s brightly lit. I’m a big fan of the newly expanded eastbound Twin Tunnel and she tops the list of new and improved travel tools for front-range skiers and snowboarders. The third lane of eastbound I-70 through the Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs opened in early December after nine months of rock blasting, rock bolting and paving. But the $109 million project isn’t entirely complete. CDOT still plans to build an express toll lane for use during peak periods by the summer of 2015. Department officials say the lane will shave 30 minutes off the trip and save millions in fuel costs. Continue Reading
Colorado Ski Country USA would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a snowy New Year!
Many resorts have torchlight parades and fireworks between now and the New Year as well as other family friendly activities. Check out just some of what is going on in Colorado Ski Country: Continue Reading
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries (Stackpole Books, 2014). He has visited over 150 breweries across Colorado.
Great beer, like knee-deep powder, is best enjoyed fresh. Following a day on the slopes, few pleasures can match a pint or two of full-flavored craft beer served fresh at a brewery tasting room. Fortunately for beer-loving snow sport enthusiasts, friendly local breweries abound in Colorado Ski Country. However, with a plethora of choices, deciding on the perfect pour can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. Have no fear. The ales and lagers listed below have risen to the top of their class like a frothy head of foam rising in a glass. So when you’re in Colorado Ski Country, go local and enjoy one of these fine fermentations. Continue Reading
by Little Lightning, 5th Grade Passport Correspondent
Sunlight Mountain Resort is the ski area I know best because it is my home ski area. What can I say? It is my second home and I spend a lot of time there. My Dad is a volunteer ski patroller there and that has been really nice for me to tag along and hit the slopes. My favorite ski runs at Sunlight are Sun King, Primo, and Perry’s plunge. I know a secret about Sunlight and that is the awesome tree skiing. For the families who ski and snowboard together having only one base area is nice so you all end up at the same place and can find each other. One of my favorite games is for some of my friends and family to all go on a different ski run and see who gets to the base first.
Sunlight Mountain Resort is a family friendly ski area and it is very affordable. Some of the things I love the most are the great customer service and that everyone who works there is part of a big family. The employees communicate with everyone to make the best experience while they are there. Dave the lift supervisor takes this very seriously and makes sure his lift operators are doing a great job. My favorite lift operator is Ana; she has a special way with people. Rachel, the food and beverage person at the resort said that if you are extra nice she would add a free cherry on top of your hot cocoa. I love the hot cocoa. Can you tell that I love cocoa? It is my favorite and if your hot cocoa is good then I am a happy girl! Thanks to the paid ski patrollers and the volunteer patrollers for keeping us all safe.
Sunlight Mountain Resort also has a store in downtown Glenwood Springs on the corner of 9th and Cooper. If you need rentals and lift tickets and you don’t want to wait until you are on the Mountain, you can get them at the shop. I enjoy shopping there and looking for great deals.
Sunlight just got a few more inches of fresh snow and all the runs are open. Come visit and see what all the excitement is about.
Here in Colorado Ski Country, we proudly promote the seven points of the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code. The Code is a list of seven key tenets established in 1966 by the National Ski Areas Association and promoted by ski areas nationwide. The tenets outline key steps to enjoying a safer day on the slopes. In fact, the Code is incorporated into Colorado’s Ski Safety Act. It’s up to you – and your friends and loved ones – to Know the Code! Continue Reading
By Patrick Byrne, Public Affairs Manager, Colorado Ski Country USA
I first went to Silverton back in January of 2008, an epic road trip with my buddies Jon and Dave and their special lady friends Jess and Michelle, respectively. I left my imaginary girlfriend at home, because at the time she was merely an intermediate snowboarder and therefore totally unworthy of the legendary Silverton, where the easiest way down is a solid black diamond at any of the I-70 resorts. Continue Reading
Blue skies, powdery snow still, 20 degree temperature and trails sometimes all to yourself. Is that what you envision as your perfect day of skiing? If it is, then don’t wait any longer and head up to the mountains in Colorado. And I mean now! Not in ten days when the resort areas will be crowded.
Last Sunday, Dec. 15, was the first day we went skiing. I mean alpine skiing since we started the season early skinning up the mountain and skiing the backcountry —where you still have to be careful because of the conditions right now: there are still rocks and fallen trees on your way down. Continue Reading
L-R: Bruce Perry, Winter Park Resort; Christian Haller, Copper Mountain Resort
The best up-and-coming freestyle mogul skiers in the United States, along with Olympic hopefuls from six other countries, are at Winter Park Resort through December 22 to compete in the 23rd annual U.S. Freestyle Selections with hopes of earning a ticket to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This marks the only moguls freestyle selection event held in the U.S. this year. At the same time, the world’s best Olympic hopeful freeskiers and snowboarders from across from 35 nations are battling it out out at Copper Mountain at the 2014 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix through Sunday, December 22. Continue Reading